AMERICA TAKES THE STAGE by Richard Moody

AMERICA TAKES THE STAGE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Following the course of Romanticism in American theatre through post-bellum days, Richard Moody considers its effect in all the arts as background, then points out its effect on scene design, acting, playwriting. Native elements in the theatre -- the minstrel show evolved by such showmen as Dan Emmett being the only completely indigenous genre -- are considered as well in terms of the place of the Indian, the Yankee, the frontier and the folk, the wars, and the native scene of the panoramic view. Theatrical rather than dramatic, the 19th century turned at its close to ""critical realism"". A solid exposition of a single theme, this offers little intellectual excitement.

Pub Date: June 27th, 1955
Publisher: Indiana University Press